Should it stay or should it go?
Lily Pilly Posts: 3,845
we are trying to improve this area and I just don't think the Ash should be there, I am sure it's a sapling, the birches are lovely.
I hate to take a tree out if it's healthy and I just don't know what to do about this?
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A A Milne
A A Milne
It's a lovely contrast to the dark conifers. But I know what you mean, it spoils the look of that nice birch grove.
Go for it!
When we moved here I felt terribly guilty about removing quite a lot of mature trees which were all either diseased, poorly placed or just 'not right'.
Since then I've replaced most of them with (IMO) better, more suitable, healthier specimens and the garden looks all the better for it.
You've got loads of trees there Lily. I agree that particular tree spoils the view somewhat. I'd take it out and, if you feels guilty about removing an ash (in this age of ash dieback disease), plant a replacement in a more suitable spot.
It'll hurt to take it out, but I think after a while you'll be glad you did and your birch grove will look lovely
Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
It's in the wrong place which makes ita weed. Get rid. The birch will be happier and you can, if necessary, always plant something more suitable in autumn once you've got to know the new space made.
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
Deffo have it out, and it makes great firewood.
I'm marking some of mine to remove to allow others to have more room.
I've had to remove one that was growing under the rhodie at the front door LP. The rhodie was coming out anyway, but that's when I found it 'lurking'. It had seeded from somewhere. It was only a couple of feet high and that was hard enough to get out. They're not the most attractive thing in the world, and I'd say it spoils your birches too.
I've got another one that's clearly done the same at the back boundary. I have to hack it to the ankles every year - I've got no chance of digging that one out - it goes under the pavement
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
I agree with the others and would remove it as it definitely spoils the 'feel' of that area.
Thanks everyone, just needed to hear it said by others!
Hosta, thanks, OH agreed the minute he read about the firewood! We will need to act quickly tho as it will be harder when in leaf.
I will post an "after" shot
A A Milne
Our tree surgeon friend said Ash can be used as firewood after only 3 months. (hopefully you won't need it THAT soon ) but always nice to know.
Wow! never knew that. We still have masses from the old beech that came down but you can never have enough!
A A Milne